Kevin Keegan will be provided the funds to bring in the players he needs the summer, but he is tamping down on expectations today.
Kevin Keegan - tamping down expectations for Newcastle fans
Of course the Premier League’s ‘Big Four’ are the main attraction, and Kevin Keegan knows he will not be shopping at the top end of the market.
“We could be like Everton, who broke that top-four grip one year, but whether we could stay there is another matter,” “We know the very best of the best players are going to go to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.”
“If you have the choice of going there and you don’t as a player, you could be accused of having no ambition. Where are you going to win trophies, where are you going to get European football? The very top players do not come to Newcastle and Sunderland. That is the reality and it is no disrespect.”
“We have probably done better than most. We’ve got top players here but usually they are in the twilight of their careers or we have taken a chance.”
“They might have a little wart on them, like David Ginola, who came here because he was getting booed in France for giving a goal away that put them out of the 1994 World Cup. ‘We might be able to get the odd one, but we are never going to get the top notches. We’re just dreaming if we think we can”
It’s interesting that both Chris Mort and Kevin have come out today to dampen down expectations and we don’t think that’s a coincidence. We think there was a meeting last week on the Newcastle transfer targets and we’re fairly convinced none of the big names, like Henry as an example, are on the list.
That would explain why the club is coming out today saying it’s almost impossible right now to attract the very best players. As far as we are concerned that’s OK because there are some great players out there who would still come to Newcastle United to make out squad so much better next season.
That’s all we want.